103007: Wedding of Austrian Princess

The interior of St. Peter’s Abbey in Salzburg, Austria, which rang out with the stirring music of Mozart when the composer’s Mass in C Minor debuted at the house of worship back in 1783, echoed with the footsteps of Princess Marie Therese von Hohenberg on October 27, 2007 as the Austrian royal made her grand entrance and began to walk down the aisle toward Anthony Bailey, who heads Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s Faith Task Force. The religious paintings of Kremser Schmidt, which grace the walls and ceiling of the church, were silent witnesses to the event as 600 guests, many who attended the couple’s engagement party at St. John’s, Smith Square in Westminster in June 2007, stood up from the rows of pews in honor of the bride as she strolled past in a lace-enhanced ivory wedding dress, the gown’s train gently sweeping the floor as she made her way to the altar.

Following the religious blessing of their union, junior bridesmaids and pages dressed in white and red garments held the bride’s cathedral-length veil aloft as the newlyweds walked beneath a sword arch and posed for photos outside the church before heading for a reception held at the Salzburg Festival Hall. According to The Daily Mail, the pair joined family and friends the following day for a brunch at Salzburg’s Museum of Modern Art.

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